Healthy Resolution 5 of 7

by Laurel on January 3, 2013

Life’s been busy…very busy. Most of my resolutions this year are about relieving stress and making life a little sweeter while balancing a busy lifestyle. Whole grains to the rescue! Sometimes I get out of the habit of making big pots of brown rice, quinoa, and steel cut oats, but it’s always a great to get back in the habit because it can save you so much time and money on weekly meals.

While it’s better to eat whole grain breads instead of white bread, it’s BEST to eat whole grains when they are truly whole and not processed. I’m talking about brown rice, buckwheat, barley, oats, millet, quinoa, wild rice, etc. Whole grains are rich in fiber (ya know, the stuff that keeps you full and helps regulate weight and digestion), B vitamins, iron, enzymes, vitamin E, and protein. They are also super filling and help make a healthy meal very satisfying and sustaining.

7 Healthy New Year’s Resolutions
#5 – Eat More Whole Grains

Hearty Breakfast Bowl

Hearty Breakfast Bowl (brown rice, avocado, veggie sausage, greens)

At the start of this year, I’m encouraging all of us to get in the habit of incorporating more whole grains and less processed grains in our meals throughout the week. You can eat them for breakfast (oatmeal or a breakfast bowl), lunch (brown rice sushi or add a scoop of quinoa to salads), or dinner (see recipes below). The easiest technique is to pre-cook a few batches of grains on a Sunday afternoon, and then store them in your refrigerator to use throughout the week.

Let’s all commit to eating more whole grains in 2013!

Tip: When you’re eating whole grains, remember to really chew them. Digestion begins in the mouth, and chewing grains is extra important so your body can break down the nutrients and have an easier time digesting.

Whole grain recipes:

Beyond Sushi - Pickle Me roll

Pickle Me vegan sushi roll at Beyond Sushi in NYC (with whole grain rice)

Edamame Summer Salad

Edamame Summer Salad (with wheat berries)

Savory Stuffed Cabbage

Savory Stuffed Cabbage (filling includes brown rice)

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